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Giv Mobile – No-Contract Cell Phone Service with a Twist (Updated)

Giv Mobile LogoEver since I left Verizon behind for a no-contract lifestyle, I have been asked by many people about different cell phone service providers.  I have tried out many of them and continue to do so.  While I do currently have the Walmart Family Mobile plan, I still review cell phone services in order for my readers to gain the most knowledge they can before picking.  Today, I am happy to review Giv Mobile, which is a no-contract cell phone service provider that comes with a twist.  They offer many great things just like the others, but they do one thing very differently.  They actually give back in the form of donations to charities.  This is one reason why I want to review Giv Mobile.  I like their business model and I support businesses that I like.  If you are looking for a new cell phone service provider, then check out Giv. I think you will like what you see.

Giv Mobile has updated their plans to add more options for different users. I think this is a great way to bring on more users and help those looking to reduce their monthly cell phone bills. I discuss the changes more below.

The Details Behind Giv Mobile

Giv Mobile is a MVNO for what it appears to be the T-Mobile network. They have great coverage across the US, which is similar to the other T-Mobile MVNOs.  Giv Mobile offers two plans for their customers, so there is nothing overwhelming about their selection.  You either get this or that.  They make it easy for you.  They also make it easy when it comes to giving.  Giv mobile is different than any other carrier out there. Here is an excerpt from their site.

GIV Mobile is the first no-contract mobile service dedicated to giving 8% of your monthly payment to a non-profit organization of your choice. We pride ourselves in transforming mobile communication, an essential service for all in to a vehicle for giving and a tool for good. Yet never sacrificing quality you should expect, nor denying you the savings you deserve. We not only want to donate 8% of your monthly payment to great causes, we want to create a community that is aware of and engages in national and world-wide problems that so many people have to face today. Together we commit to making positive changes towards a better world.

This is something that I can get behind.  So now that you know more about Giv, why not dig into what they offer and for how much.  Isn’t that what you are here for?

Giv Mobile Plans

As I stated, Giv only offers two cell phone plans (They have updated their service to include four plans).  They are both “unlimited” as they call them, but they are different from each other.  Right off the bat, I will say that Giv is not for heavy data users. Their service will not work for you.  If you need a lot of data, then you should stick with the major carriers like AT&T or Verizon.  Here is a little picture that shows their cell phone plans.

Giv Mobile Plans

If the picture is hard to read, let me break down the plans for you.

  • The 29 –  This is really for the light user who doesn’t need data.  Since you can only connect with 2G data, you really should only use this plan if you are on WiFi most of the time or just don’t care about data.  This plan is $29 per month.
  • The 35 – This is their $35 per month cell phone plan.  As they indicate, this is best for the casual user.  You get unlimited talk, unlimited text, and unlimited data.  You only get highspeed (3G/4G) data up to 250MB (They just upped this level to 500mb for the same price).  After you hit that number, you go back down to 2G.  You also get unlimited MMS and global texts.
  • The 45 – Increase your monthly bill by $10 and you have the 50. This is $45 per month that comes with the same as the 40 above.  The difference is that you get 2GB of high-speed data instead of 250MB.  If you like to use data a little more than the casual user, but don’t overdue it, then the 50 would be best for you.
  • The 65 – Add another $10 per month and you get an extra 2GB of 4G LTE data at your fingertips to make it a total of 4GB.  This plan costs $65 per month and you get unlimited everything and a $10 international dialing credit.

Both plans are only good for 30 days.  You can either pay every 30 days or setup their auto-replenish feature that will keep your account going with no issues.  They leave the option open to you.

Giv Mobile Features

What good is a cell phone service provider if they can’t provide you the coverage you need when you need it?  Giv Mobile has nationwide coverage.  It appears that they use the T-Mobile network as the network operator.  If you are happy as a T-Mobile customer, but don’t want a contract anymore, then try out Giv.  Here are the standard features on both of their plans.

  • No Contract
  • Nationwide Coverage
  • Free Nationwide Long Distance
  • Voicemail
  • Caller ID
  • Call Waiting
  • 3-Way Calling
  • International Dialing*

You can view Giv Mobile’s coverage map if you need to see what kind of coverage they have.  If you want to get more specific, then head over to their site and click “coverage.”  Giv Mobile does support both 3G and 4G services on the GSM network.

*International dialing does cost money. It is currently a penny for every minute, but there are restrictions on the countries that you can call.

Giv’s Unique Twist

What caught my eye about Giv Mobile is how they give back to some great charities.  Their value proposition is they donate 8% of your monthly payment to non-profit organizations. The best part is that you get to choose which one. They have a great list of charities that are known for doing good within their communities and throughout the US and the world.  Their business model is inspiring. Some of the charities they support include United Way Worldwide, Feeding America, and Wounded Warrior Project.  When you sign up for Giv, you get to choose where your 8% goes and that is empowering.  Not only are you getting quality service, but you are also making a difference.

Giv Mobile Phones

You get two more options when it comes to phones with Giv. You can either buy a phone directly from them, or you can bring your own phone (BYOP).  I get a lot of people asking to bring their phones to other carriers, so that is a very popular option.  You will need an unlocked GSM phone in order to bring it to Giv.  In order to use the 3G/4G data service, then your phone needs to support AWS 1700/2100 band.  You can check your phone specs to see if that band range is covered.  If you want to try out Giv, then head over to Amazon and buy an unlocked GSM phone.  This is a great way to get a cheaper phone.  Giv sells the SIM card in order to start using the service.  If you are bringing your own phone, then you will need to purchase the SIM card.

If you need a phone, Giv Mobile does sell some. What I will say is that their selection is not impressive.  They have a few phones that I have seen before, but they are either older models or under-powered phones.  I would suggest you just buy a phone from Amazon and then just purchase the SIM card from Giv.  This will give you a price that you like and a phone you can enjoy.

The Verdict

I think Giv Mobile can be a good solution for those people looking for a no-contract mobile phone plan.  No one likes contract anymore, but Giv does it a little differently.  If you don’t need a lot of data, but need reliable coverage, then try out Giv Mobile.  They are doing some good by donating 8% of your monthly payment to a charity of your choice, so why not get cell phone service and give back a little more.  Giv Mobile allow allows you to kill two birds with one stone.  If you have issues, you can get some questions answers online, or you call call them at 1-855-448-6624.

Have you heard of of this service before?  Would you try something like this out?

Editor's Rating

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Giv Mobile is a great alternative to other discount cell phone providers. You can get a low cost plan, but some of your plan is donated to charity!

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I'm an average guy who used credit cards too much and found myself in over $50,000 in debt. I paid it off, started this blog, and my financial life has changed. I know talk about fighting debt and growing wealth here. I run a Wordpress management company, along with three other blogs. They are Sprout Wealth, Eyes on the Dollar, and Empowered Shopper.

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18 Comments

  1. April 11, 2014 at 9:47 am — Reply

    Very cool Grayson! Something like this is so unheard of in today’s climate, especially out of a phone carrier. Anyway, we can get out of our contract with Verizon in a few months and I can’t wait to stop giving them so much of our cash each month, it’s ridiculous!

    • April 11, 2014 at 9:52 am — Reply

      Thanks John. I was drawn to this company because of their giving. You just don’t see that in the mobile space. Verizon does have some high prices, but they are actually coming down now due to the competition of no contracts!

  2. April 11, 2014 at 9:49 am — Reply

    Hey Grayson,

    I’m paying about $98 per month using att for just myself. In your opinion is that a waste?

    Also would love to hear your thoughts on what I’m doing at my site. Check it out and hit me up on twitter sometime. @robmcnelis

    • August 8, 2014 at 9:37 am — Reply

      Yes, that is a waste. If you like AT&T, then check out Cricket Wireless. They run on AT&T’s network and you can get service for $50 per month.

  3. April 11, 2014 at 10:20 am — Reply

    Another great option I will need to consider this fall when our contract is up at Verizon. Thanks for sharing – I’ve never heard of this company before.

    • April 11, 2014 at 10:23 am — Reply

      They are a great option! They are relatively new to the mobile scene, but they have a great mission compared to the others.

  4. April 11, 2014 at 10:20 am — Reply

    I’ve never heard of Giv but it sounds great! Honestly, I can’t believe people still pay full-price with the big carriers when there are so many discount providers around.

    • April 11, 2014 at 10:24 am — Reply

      I am with you there Holly. Why pay full price when you can get great service for less?

  5. April 11, 2014 at 4:58 pm — Reply

    It looks like our service area is not included again. Someday, a company will consider our town valuable or maybe not?

    • April 11, 2014 at 10:57 pm — Reply

      What cell provider do you use now Kim? Each of the big ones have carriers that will offer lower cost with the same coverage.

  6. April 14, 2014 at 5:18 pm — Reply

    Thanks for another great review. I’ve been so happy with Page Plus ever since I made the switch and my husband is also very happy with Republic Wireless. There really is a no contract provider for everyone out there and no need to be at the mercy of the big 2 anymore.

    • April 14, 2014 at 10:20 pm — Reply

      Page plus is good and so is Republic. I like to make sure my readers have all of the options. I just need to review page plus next, so I can round out the best MVNOs for everyone!

  7. edddgy
    April 15, 2014 at 1:30 am — Reply
    • April 15, 2014 at 9:16 am — Reply

      You are correct. I have updated the post. Thank you!

  8. Meyer Lansky
    June 27, 2014 at 9:18 pm — Reply

    I received a flyer in the mail today for this phone, and like the idea of their donating very much, and am seriously considering getting this phone. I am writing, though, to tell you that they now offer 500 MB with the $40 plan, and still the 2 GB for the $50 plan.

    • June 30, 2014 at 12:08 am — Reply

      Thank you for letting me know they upped the data for the $40 plan. I have updated the post. I say give it a try if you are considering it. Best of luck.

  9. August 20, 2014 at 3:23 pm — Reply

    This is a fantastic review. I randomly stumbled upon this article and I’m amazed. Once my contract ends, I’d like to try a service like this. I love the business model and I GET to choose which charity I can donate to? awesome. Thanks for the article, I’m excited to look more into this company.

    • August 20, 2014 at 8:00 pm — Reply

      Glad to hear it Cody. I wish you luck!

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